Best films based on kids' books

Popular children's book The BFG is now big-screen adaptation.

There are some truly excellent big-screen interpretations of kid-lit classics. Here's our pick.

Ri-ri's pizza delivery service

Queen Rihanna delivers, free of charge.

After hours of waiting in the rain before a concert, Rihanna decided her fans could use some dry towels and a free slice of pizza.

Sausage Party at Dory screening

Seth Rogen's R-18 animated comedy trailer accidentally aired before a G-rated screening of Finding Dory.

Red faces all round when a trailer for an animated R18 film by Seth Rogen accidentally airs before Disney's latest family flick.

GoT spoilers leaked

Who are Jon Snow's real parents?

The season 6 finale's barely over and already Jon Snow's true identity has been revealed.

JK Rowling's Brexit Tweets

JK Rowling is not happy with Britain's vote to leave the EU.

Harry Potter fans do a disappearing act after author comes out against Brexit.

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48Hours film contest back on

48Hours founder Ant Timpson is thrilled he has found a new sponsor for his short film making competition.

The 48Hours film competition is back on track after finding a new sponsor.

Gripping drama ahead

Scott Bakula is surrounded by death in a double-episode season finale of NCIS: New Orleans.

In TV highlights this week, Roots gets the remake treatment, while Criminal Minds reaches a crescendo.

'Princess culture' bad for girls

Elsa and Anna in Frozen. The Disney Princess brand suggests that a girl's most valuable asset is her beauty.

Elsa, Anna, Merida and Rapunzel are favourites, but what all the princess-driven marketing doing to young girls?

'Speed date' an author

Marlborough Girls' College librarian Colleen Shipley.

Book Council brings Words on Wheels to Marlborough ahead of festival.

Thirty-four in the frame for arts award

Misal Adnan Yildiz is the judge for this year's National Contemporary Art Award competition.

The finalists for this year's National Contemporary Art Award have been announced.

Review: Paul Henry without Hilary

Hilary Barry on her last day with The Paul Henry Show.

Hilary's gone and Ingrid is there. So how's it all going on the Paul Henry show?

Reviews: The Girls, The Plea, Scattered Pearls

Scattered Pearls, Sohila Zanjani

Psychedelic memories, a hectic court drama, and a repressed woman breaks the cycle.

CK Stead: Best Books I Never Wrote

CK Stead

CK Stead shares his favourite books

Icehouse, Tyler, Parsons on NZ summer tour

Eleven-time Grammy Award nominee and revered progressive rock producer Alan Parsons will be performing as The Alan ...

Three acts of yesteryear will be providing a summertime nostalgia trip in the holiday hotspots.

Spielberg's mystery Jackson film

Steven Spielberg says he and Peter Jackson will work on another film before the next Tintin.

Spielberg says he and Jackson will work on another film before the next Tintin.

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celebrities

Actor stuns in Marc Jacobs campaign video

The Marc Jacobs gig comes after Susan Sarandon was announced as the face of L'Oreal Paris in January.

Susan Sarandon has been photographed in a stunning portrait for Marc Jacob's Fall 2016 collection.

'Perfect script' needed for Beetlejuice 2

For one Hollywood star, New Zealand will always be associated with Point Break

Anna Paquin honours Orlando victims

Cosby stripped of honorary degree

Video

Sausage Party at Finding Dory screening

Red faces all round when a trailer for an animated R18 film by Seth Rogen accidentally airs before Disney's latest family flick.

film

Spielberg's mystery Jackson film

Steven Spielberg says he and Peter Jackson will work on another film before the next Tintin.

Spielberg says he and Jackson will work on another film before the next Tintin.

Scribe's dad and Scarlett

Scarlett Johansson for Ghost in the Shell.

Not many actors can say they made their film debut - at the age of 64 - in a scene with Scarlett Johansson.

Kiwis to join Oscars gang

Cliff Curtis and Taika Waititi have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Cliff Curtis and Taika Waititi are among the more than 200 international film makers who have been invited to join the academy.

Murder that changed the world

Kitty Genovese, whose brutal murder came to symbolise urban apathy.

The story goes that 38 people watched and failed to help Kitty Genovese on the night she was murdered. But did they?

music

Icehouse, Tyler, Parsons on NZ summer tour

Eleven-time Grammy Award nominee and revered progressive rock producer Alan Parsons will be performing as The Alan ...

Three acts of yesteryear will be providing a summertime nostalgia trip in the holiday hotspots.

Kiwi rapper with Drake in his wake

Francis' debut album Underestimated launched several weeks ago under the label Black Market Enterprises.

He started making music about a year ago and had never played an instrument before then. Now he's playing with superstars.

'Good on you Manuel'

Lorde has dug deep to help out an Upper Hutt charity.

Lorde gives surprise $20,000 donation to Upper Hutt children's charity.

Ziggy's spirit lives on

Ed Blaney performs as David Bowie.

Ed Blaney’s Ultimate Bowie tribute show is heading to New Zealand.

tv & radio

TVNZ dumps Sex Box

Sexologist Goedele Liekens and presenter Steve Jones discuss feelings and sensations with the couples after they do the deed.

After more than 10,000 signed a petition against the show, TVNZ pulled it from schedules.

'We're dealing with a split skirt' video

Rawdon comes up with a new term - Splitgate - over a wee fashion issue on set on Thursday.

TVNZ presenter Rawdon Christie coins term 'splitgate' over a wee fashion issue on set.

Celebrating Shark Week

Shark Week is a great time to better understand the ocean, and all its inhabitants.

What better way to celebrate shark week than heading underwater?

Hosking is Ab Fab in drag

Mike Hosking gives his best Edina Monsoon impersonation, ahead of the Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie premiere.

Bottle of Bolly in hand, Mike Hosking channels his inner Sweetie Darling.

books

Reviews: The Girls, The Plea, Scattered Pearls

Scattered Pearls, Sohila Zanjani

Psychedelic memories, a hectic court drama, and a repressed woman breaks the cycle.

CK Stead: Best Books I Never Wrote

CK Stead

CK Stead shares his favourite books

NZ's largest manga collection? video

The IPU library think they may have New Zealand's biggest collection of manga comic, which they import in bulk.

The largest mass of manga comics in New Zealand may have an unlikely home.

Carla Munro fulfills love of story-telling in Wanaka

Creative starter: Wanaka writer Carla Munro.

Wanaka woman just wants to create create beautiful books.

arts

Addictive photo proves a winner

The Addicts Breakfast: a national award winning image  from  photographer Mandi Lynn which was shot at the Expressions ...

Photographer Mandi Lynn✓ is a national success keeping it local.

Sculpture on Gulf kicks off

Pavilion Structure: Gregor Kregar's interactive sculpture won the $20,000 Lexus premier award at headland Sculpture on ...

Thirty-four artists have just been chosen to show their work at New Zealand's foremost sculpture exhibition on Waiheke Island.

French culture captured gallery

Photographer Paul Robertson hangs his work at the Square Edge gallery with assistance from Soizic Legrand of Alliance ...

Photos of cobbled streets, cheese and wine allow people feel to transported back in time.

Japanese art to inspire Timaru

Arranging works from the Japanese Pottery exhibition at the Aigantighe Art Gallery is exhibition curator Kate ...

A collection of contemporary pottery will inspire artists in Timaru.

stage & theatre

The Next Big Thing

Lavinia Uhila is directing Angels (Reborn) at the Next Big Thing festival.

The Next Big Thing festival is a learning platform for actors and directors alike.

Bringing the fairytale home

Dancers Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, 20, and Elly Molloy 18, are the leads in Beauty and the Beast.

Juilliard dance student returns to Blenheim for Beauty and the Beast ballet.

Entertainer Michael Woolf has died video

Kiwi magician Michael Woolf, 77, has died.

"He'd like to be remembered as a communicator I think," says son of Kiwi magician, actor, radio announcer and puppeteer.

Win with Disney On Ice

Disney's 'Fab Four' (from left): Goofy, Mickey, Minnie and Donald.

Prepare yourselves Disney fans - and parents of Disney fans.

NZ Comedy Fest 2016

Comedy Fest review: Nic Sampson

Nic Sampson.

This is the tightest half hour of stand-up I've seen this festival

Sexism, spooning and mental health

Tim Batt chatted to Felicity Ward.

The stars of the NZ Comedy Fest do our job for us and interview each other...

Comedy Fest review: Wilson Dixon

Wilson Dixon.

Jesse Griffin's country singing comic remains a polished act

He married a lesbian and it's very fulfilling video

Comedians Zoe Coombs Marr and Rhys Nicholson got married in an act of protest.

Comedian Rhys Nicholson married a lesbian recently. It's going well.

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